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03 May 2008

Go Out and Buy My Wall Street Journal Right Now!

Funniest goddamn thing I've read in ages. Click the title of this post for the website, and a hilarious video parody of Darth Murdoch.

"Good News," Iraq and Beyond, Noam Chomsky

Including parts one (February 16, 2008) and two (May 1, 2008).

Democrats Okay Funds for Covert Ops: Secret Bush "Finding" Widens War on Iran, Andrew Cockburn

I'm not sure my label "Spineless Democrats" is all that accurate. They're doing exactly what they want, with all the spine required. The label grants too much in the way of moral sense to these imperial robots.

Post Carrier Accused of Warning Customer About 'Mail Cover' Surveillance

Yup; big shock. I assume I'm on every possible list. My response? -- and I'm not a particularly brave person, believe me -- fuck these people; I'm doing what I want. A good chunk of my family didn't die in concentration camps in WWII so that I could limit my rights out of fear. So, to emphasize: Dear Government: Go fuck yourself.

02 May 2008

A Litany of Horrors: America's University of Imperialism, Chalmers Johnson

And an interview on the military-industrial complex:


Toxic Garbage Island

Comes highly recommended by Sustainable Dave; click the title to see it. Nothing beats seeing what you, me, and everyone else is doing to the planet every single day. Some "bad" language, which is far more obscene than the pollution described herein. Of course.

Before this trip, I was never all that crazy about the ocean. I’ve always appreciated the fact that it generates the majority of the world’s oxygen and keeps us nice and far from places like Britain, but in terms of any sort of awe or “respect” it just never happened. I would say I looked at it less as the primeval womb of all terrestrial life than as an excessive amount of water you sometimes have to fly over.

Part and parcel with this was my attitude toward the Pacific Garbage Patch, or as we willfully misidentified it for the duration of our journey, the elusive Garbage Island. All the journalism I’d read about the patch had carefully danced around physical descriptions of the trash, leading myself and the rest of the shooting crew to fanciful visions of a solid, Texas-size barge of discarded Coke bottles and sporting goods. The idea that people had managed to fuck up a part of the world that nobody even visits, much less inhabits, and on such a monumental scale struck me as interesting and, to be honest, slightly awesome-sounding, but at the end of the day the impact of the mess on the rest of the world failed to register. I mean, sure, sea birds choking to death on deflated balloons and sea turtles whose shells have been completely deformed by soda can rings (click here for a picture of this if you want to completely ruin your day)—all this definitely sucks, but so do a lot of things, you know?

Needless to say this whole journey ended up overturning my expectations about the Garbage Patch, as well as just about every misconception I’ve ever held about the sea, environmentalism, consumption, barfing, knots, pollution, humanity, and myself. After absorbing the myriad dangers of our plastic-heavy lifestyles for three weeks, I’m now a proud, carbon-conscious “Earth Warrior” who yells at grocery clerks for double-bagging my produce and carries around one of those 70s gunnysacks to drink out of. Just kidding, although the trip did lead me to ferret out a group of non-hippie environmentalists who you can read about here. I also finally got into Earth Crisis. Pretty decent.

VBS CORRESPONDENT THOMAS MORTON

PS: All the music in this series is by Brighton, MA’s Helios off their Eingya album on Type Records. If you like it, you can check them out here.

Worm Composting: Two Videos by Sustainable Dave

Just do it! Dave and I went to high school back in the day...check out his site in my blog/"worthy endeavors"-roll.


25,000 Dockworkers Shut Down West Coast Ports in Historic Anti-War Protest

Right on, longshoremen! Perhaps this kind of spine will spread to other parts of our society.

01 May 2008

American Radical Film Site

Coming soon: a film on the life and work of Norman Finkelstein.

FreePress.net Follows Up on Pentagon Propaganda Story....

Watch Your Foodometer....

Click the title to see an excellent, short video on food, energy, and buying choices.

And shop locally: use the zip finder on this site, Local Harvest, which lists coops, farmer's markets, etc.

Noam Chomsky on Iran, the Election, and Other Issues

Recent; unsure of the exact date.

30 April 2008

Chomsky on Iraq, the Middle East, Israel/Palestine, and in a Debate on the Israel Lobby's Influence

From Boston University, on April 3, 2008:

The Politics of the Rev. Wright Controversy: A Debate with Melissa Harris-Lacewell and Adolph Reed, Jr.

29 April 2008

Reverend Jeremiah Wright at the National Press Club

Judge for yourself. Made perfect sense to me, FWIW, with the exception of the AIDS-CIA conspiracy thing, which, if you've paid attention to the black medical experience in the US (part of my graduate training in history of science and medicine), Wright was actually trying to explain. And, yes, the US gov't, and any other, is capable of such acts. Not to realize that is to remain a child (to paraphrase Cicero on the importance of history). Did the US create AIDS? Of course not. Not Wright's point, and if Wright believes that, well, OK: he's wrong. But I don't think that was his point. As far as 9/11 goes -- yes, kiddies, your fellow kid knows what you all do: we commit terror all the time. Michael Scheuer, a total rightwinger, has said as much. Don't see anyone going after him.

And he was pretty goddamn funny, too. Made mincemeat of that idiot asking the questions afterwards (proxy, I know, but still an idiot). The list of questions he got were beyond awful: our press is just rotten to the core.

But keep in mind that this "guilt-by-association" game is thinly veiled racism, as Obama couldn't have distanced himself more from this guy -- rightly or wrongly, regardless of what you think of Obama (you know I'm no fan), Wright, the statements, etc. -- without going out and shooting the man. Oh, he threw him overboard, all right.

This only "sticks" because, ironically, we're nowhere near beyond race issues, and could definitely use some more of the "excesses" of the sixties and seventies that Obama decries.




Obama's courageous response to Wright's speech (RealPlayer). How courageous -- how audacious! What a complete loser Obama is.

Oh, yes: so principled is Obama! Lead us to the promised land!

As far as Hillary, the right wing, and the media goes, they can all rot in hell for their part in this as far as I'm concerned.

But you need a gullible (that's polite-ese for "racist") American people to fall for propaganda for it to work.

Update: Wright on Moyers --


28 April 2008

'Disneyland' comes to Baghdad with multi-million pound entertainment park

No, this isn't from The Onion. More's the pity. I have no further comment on this monstrously preposterous and offensive development, except to say that satire cannot keep up with reality.

Following Acquittal of NYPD Officers in Sean Bell Killing, Advocates Call for Special Prosecutor in Police Brutality Cases

Another triumph of justice. Oh, yes, we need to move "beyond" race and the "excesses" of the 1960s. Just shut up and get shot -- but do try to die politely, and without anger. You wouldn't want to be divisive, now, would you?

I agree with Sharpton: shut the whole fucking city down; this is a travesty, and not a unique one.

Let's see whether the elite media explodes with the same righteous fury it displayed about Pastor Wright. Anyone care to take a bet?

Scott Ritter: By Releasing Intel, U.S. Endorses Israel's Illegal Bombing of Alleged Syrian Nuke Site

If there is anyone in this country who still buys any feculent chunk, however small, of this administration's endless stream of bullshit, I pity him (or her).

Meanwhile, look for the US to jump off "allege" and strike Iran this year. I'm sure Saint Obama will risk everything to stand up against it, too. Yeah, right.

This entire fiasco is more proof, as if any more was required, that "we" don't need to follow the rule of law, due to our innate goodness and selfless interest in World Peace. Israel -- a.k.a., the pit bull we keep chained up out back -- is also innately good, by definition. The rule of law is for bad people, and bad nations, who need laws to restrain them, not for We, the Chosen.

This is not just the Bush doctrine; it is the doctrine of all power centers all over the planet. It's just that we have the most power now, and are thus the most dangerous. For now. Reacting to this utterly predictable garbage with some "innatist" notion that America is somehow uniquely evil is simply putting a negative sign in front of the term: it's the term itself that is inaccurate.

Feel free to forward anything by Obama decrying this event in terms of the rule of law. You know, what those stupid Iraqis can't manage to institute despite all of our selfless help, as every leading Democrat will tell you. That's known as "feeding narcissistic, childish self-congratulation to the 'Great Unwashed' for whom you have no respect in order to cover up your own crimes."

Let's do try to prove the Owners wrong on this most recent "Hitler-of-the-month-club"-fueled saber-rattling, and thus choose not to be Good Germans. Call your congresspeople; make noise! Let's not be accessories to this latest crime before or after the fact.

Think the Owners will suffer any blowback or any other consequences from a strike on Iran? Of course not: that alone, if you don't care about anyone other than yourself and your country, ought to be enough to incite some action.

More by Ritter here.

American Indians: People Without a Future | By Ralph Nader, May 10, 1956

A long history of being on the right, if unpopular, side on the issues is illustrated here in a 52-year-old essay.

27 April 2008

MFA-Boston | El Greco to Velazquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III

Sunday, April 20, 2008 - Sunday, July 27, 2008.

Click the tile of this post to see a Flash slideshow; we plan to hit this soon!